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Hi all,

This laptop has suddenly gotten slow. There is sometimes a lag before responding such that it can take a good few seconds before typed letters appear on the screen. It's gotten slower loading internet pages too.

I ran the Malware cleaning guide and so far everything has come up clean.

System information:
Microsoft Windows XP
Professional
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

On my other laptop, I had help from Geeks to Go and it cleaned up beautifully! You guys are amazing!

Thanks in advance.
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Estee-

Hi! Can you please list the following in your next response:
  • The size of your hard drive and the amount of free space it has
  • Your processor speed
  • The amount of RAM on your computer

Edited by FearNothingProductions, 10 April 2010 - 09:58 PM.

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Hi,
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

Dual Core Processor TK-57
190 GHz, 1.87 GB RAM

Capacity: 111 GB
Used Space: 28.3 GB
Free Space: 83.3 GB

--Hope I did that right. Please tell me if not; I am no computer expert!

Thanks!
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Estee-

No problem. I think you might have made a typo with this:

Dual Core Processor TK-57
190 GHz

I assume you meant 1.90 GHz? No worries, just making sure. :)

You said you followed the Malware cleaning guide, so I assume you ran TFC Cleaner. If you have not, please do so, as cleaning out old TEMP files will speed up your system dramatically.

When is the last time you ran a defragmentation program?

Edited by FearNothingProductions, 11 April 2010 - 09:54 AM.

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Lets start with a few basics.

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune.
Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you use Firefox browserClick Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
If you use Opera browserClick Opera at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
For Technical Support, double-click the e-mail address located at the bottom of each menu.
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Download Auslogics Defrag from the link in my signature below. Auslogics Defrag in my opinion is better because:
It does a more comprehensive job at Defragging
It will actually show you what it is doing
At the end of working it will show you how much speed you picked up
You can view a online log of the files that Auslogics defragged

http://auslogics.com...defrag/download

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OK, you can take this one. :)
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OK, you can take this one

No, we work it together. I have been buried with work lately and have been slow to respond to the emails being sent.
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Alright then. :)

Estee-

Please follow the directions 123Runner gave. That should speed up your computer significantly.
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Wow, you guys are fast!

Estee-

No problem. I think you might have made a typo with this:

Dual Core Processor TK-57
190 GHz

I assume you meant 1.90 GHz? No worries, just making sure. :)


Yes, I don't know enough to know the difference and I just left out the decimal. :)


So, I ran all the programs and the slowness is still there. (I redid TFC just in case, too).
What should I do now?
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Estee-

Yes, to us geeks, the decimal makes a big difference. :)

Okay, so you ran through some basic maintenance functions, including cleaning out junk files and defragmenting your hard drive, and your symptoms are still present. Let's take a look at some more information about your computer.

  • What is the make and model of your computer? How long have you owned/operated it?

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Lets also try a check disk.

Go to
Start and then to Run
Type in Chkdsk /r Note the space between k and /
Click Enter ...It will probably ask if you want to do this on the next reboot...click Y
If the window doesn't shutdown on its own then reboot the system manually. On reboot the system will start the chkdsk operation
This one will take longer then chkdsk /f

Note... there are 5 stages...
It may appear to hang at a certain percent for a hour or more or even back up and go over the same area...this is normal...
DO NOT SHUT YOUR COMPUTER DOWN WHILE CHKDSK IS RUNNING OR YOU CAN HAVE SEVERE PROBLEMS
This can take several hours to complete.
When completed it will boot the system back into windows.

Lets us know if it finds any errors.

Lets see if we can get some system information.

Download and install PC Wizard 2010

Run the program and it will analyze your computer and then display the results.
In the upper left hand corner click on the floppy icon.
You will get a save as screen.
Change the range bullet "only this selection" to be "selected category".
Make sure that text is selected for format.
Click on ok and you will be given a spot to save it to.

Attach it to your response.
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Hi,
The computer is a Dell Vostro 1000, AMD Athlon 64 X2. We've had it since 2008, I think.

I'm going to run those programs now. I'll post back when I have the results.
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Hi,

After I ran chkdsk, I came back into the room and and the computer was just displaying the desktop. I suppose this means it booted back to windows, but I don't know how to tell if chkdsk found any problems. :)

Here is the PC Wizard report:

PC Wizard 2010 Version 1.93
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Owner: Joey and Estee
User: Joey and Estee
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.01.2600 Service Pack 3
Report Date: Sunday 11 April 2010 at 18:22

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<<< System Summary >>>
> Manufacturer : Dell Vostro 1000
> Mainboard : Dell 0WY383
> Chipset : ATI RS482
> Processor : AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile TK-57 @ 1900 MHz
> Physical Memory : 2048 MB (2 x 1024 DDR2-SDRAM )
> Video Card : ATI Radeon Xpress 1150
> Hard Disk : SAMSUNG (120 GB)
> DVD-Rom Drive : HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GSA-T21N
> Network Card : BCM4310 USB Controller
> Network Card : BCM440x 100Base-TX Fast Ethernet
> Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.01.2600 Service Pack 3
> DirectX : Version 9.0c

<<< Mainboard >>>
> Manufacturer : Dell Inc.
> Mainboard : Dell 0WY383
> Bios : Dell Inc.
> Chipset : ATI RS482
> Physical Memory : 2048 MB DDR2-SDRAM
> LPC bus : Yes
> PCI Bus : Yes
> Bus PCI-Express : Yes
> USB Bus : Yes
> SMBus/i2c Bus : Yes
> Bus HyperTransport : Yes
> Bus QPI : No
> Bus CardBus : No
> Bus FireWire : No

<<< Processor >>>
> Processor : AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile TK-57
> Frequency : 1900 MHz
> Number of Core : 2
> Support : Socket S1 (638)
> Cache L1 : 2 x 128 KB
> Cache L2 : 2 x 256 KB
> Voltage VID : 1.400 V
> FPU Coprocessor : Present
> Core 1 Activity : 0%
> Core 2 Activity : 0%

<<< Video >>>
> Current Display : 1280x800 pixels at 60 Hz in True Colors (32-bit)
> Number of monitor : 1
> Monitor Type : Default Monitor
> Video Card : ATI Radeon Xpress 1150
> OpenCL : No
> OpenGL : Yes
> GDI Plus : Yes
> Direct2D : No

<<< IO Ports >>>
> Port installed : Conexant HDA D330 MDC V.92 Modem
> Port installed : Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
> Port installed : Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
> Port installed : Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
> Port installed : Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
> Port installed : Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller
> Port installed : Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller

<<< Drives >>>
> Number of Disk Controller : 2
> Number of Hard Disk : 1
> Number of CD-ROM Drive : 1
> Drives Letters : C:\ D:\
> Drive C: (Hard Disk) : 89 GB available on 119 GB
> Drive D: (DVD-Rom) : 0 KB available on 0 KB

<<< Printers >>>
> Default Printer : Fax
> Printer installed : Fax
> Printer installed : Adobe PDF
> Universal Driver : Not Installed
> Spooler : 0 jobs in queue

<<< Devices >>>
> Type of mouse : Microsoft USB Wireless Mouse (IntelliPoint)
> Type of mouse : Dell Touchpad
> Type of keyboard : Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
> Joystick : None
> HID Devices : Yes
> Modem : Conexant HDA D330 MDC V.92 Modem
> TWAIN Device : Vimicro USB PC Camera(ZC0301PL)
> SCSI Host #0 : 1 Device(s)
> SCSI Host #3 : 1 Device(s)
> Trusted Platform Module : Yes

<<< Multimedia >>>
> Device Audio : SB600 High Definition Audio Controller
> Audio Playback : SigmaTel Audio
> Audio Playback : Microsoft Sound Mapper
> Audio Recording : SigmaTel Audio
> MIDI Output : Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth
> MIDI Output : Microsoft MIDI Mapper
> Mixer Device : SigmaTel Audio
> Device multimedia : AVIVideo
> Device multimedia : CDAudio
> Device multimedia : Sequencer
> Device multimedia : WaveAudio
> Device multimedia : MPEGVideo
> Audio Compression : Microsoft IMA ADPCM CODEC
> Audio Compression : Microsoft ADPCM CODEC
> Audio Compression : Microsoft CCITT G.711 A-Law and u-Law CODEC
> Audio Compression : Microsoft GSM 6.10 Audio CODEC
> Audio Compression : DSP Group TrueSpeech™ Software CODEC
> Audio Compression : Microsoft G.723.1 CODEC
> Audio Compression : Windows Media Audio
> Audio Compression : Sipro Lab Telecom ACELP.net audio codec
> Audio Compression : Indeo® audio software
> Audio Compression : Fraunhofer IIS MPEG Layer-3 Codec (advanced)
> Audio Compression : Microsoft PCM Converter

<<< Network >>>
> Network : Yes
> Internet Connection : Yes
> RAS Connection : No
> Passport.Net : No
> Winsock32 : v2.02
> Network Connection : Local Area Connection
> Network Connection : Wireless Network Connection
> Network Card : Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN Mini-Card
> Network Card : Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller
> Share : 3 Resources
> Local Group : Administrators
> Local Group : Backup Operators
> Local Group : Guests
> Local Group : Network Configuration Operators
> Local Group : Power Users
> Local Group : Remote Desktop Users
> Local Group : Replicator
> Local Group : Users
> Local Group : HelpServicesGroup

<<< Power Status >>>
> Power Status : Yes
> Battery : No
> Supply : Main supply
> Active Power Scheme : Portable/Laptop
> UPS : No
> ACPI Tables : 10

<<< Voltage, Temperature and Fans >>>
> Hardware Monitoring
> Voltage CPU : 1.07 V
> Hardware Monitoring : ACPI
> Thermal Zone : 43 °C
> Processor :
> AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile (Core 1) : 33.2 °C
> AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile (Core 2) : 28.8 °C
> Hard Disk Monitoring : S.M.A.R.T
> Hard Disk SAMSUNG HM121HI (Assembly) : 47 °C

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***** End of report *****
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(oops- ignore this--> I accidentally posted it twice)

Edited by Estee, 11 April 2010 - 05:12 PM.

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After doing allthis I am betting that the swap file has either bene changed to a smaller size r there is a process running thats eating processor speed so it stime to check the runningprocesses and seeif ther is one that s showing more than 50 percnet of the total ofhte local drive
to do this
crtl/alt/del
whenthe window comes up clickthe proceses tab and looka the second list and it should give you usage in Kilobytes anything thats shwing more than 10000 K processor could be anissue
expecially if its soemthign you dont recognize
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